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Catholics After Benedict XVI: Your Reaction to Pope’s Resignation?

Pontiff, 85, will step down Feb. 28 as bishop of Rome; his name will revert to Joseph Ratzinger.

As reported by The Associated Press, Pope Benedict XVI on Monday announced his resignation before cardinals at a ceremony to name three new saints.

According to a posting on Poynter.org:

Many news organizations have reported that Pope Gregory XII was the last leader of the Roman Catholic Church to resign, in 1415. However, in this clip NBC Vatican analyst George Weigel says it’s been “717 years” since the last pope abdicated, by which he probably means Celestine V, who resigned 719 years ago, in 1294.

Gregory was not the pope for whom was named the Gregorian calendar (that was Gregory XIII) or Gregorian chant (Gregory the Great or Gregory II, opinions differ). XII resigned so the church could unite under a single pope after a schism. He died in 1417. Here’s some background on papal resignations.

Here is the pope's announcement, translated into English:

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.

I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today's world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.

For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

Michael Ecklund February 13, 2013 at 07:30 PM
R. Paulson............How anyone can be as blasphemous as you is beyond me. The durgs you took or maybe still are have taken its toll. Sorry but I have no other comment for you.
BridgetBurns February 13, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Michael - If you read http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0527.html it might help you to understand some Catholic tenants.
Kevin George February 13, 2013 at 08:31 PM
The church has rental property? And why are the occupants so hard to understand?
Things I Learned February 13, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Ahh Sister Bridget I see you are a fine practicing Catholic just like yon Sister Pwm. Tis a fine day a fine day indeed praise Mary.
Libi Uremovic February 13, 2013 at 09:14 PM
'...The church has rental property?...' the vatican owns more land than any country in the world.....because it's a money making organization... last year italy ended tax exemptions for the vatican ... ...but in this country they pay no taxes ... http://www.euronews.com/2012/02/17/italy-government-ends-vatican-tax-exemptions
Libi Uremovic February 13, 2013 at 09:16 PM
their pagan rituals are bad...your pagan rituals are good.... their religion is bad...your religion is good...
Libi Uremovic February 13, 2013 at 09:18 PM
'... And why are the occupants so hard to understand?...' because they're speaking in 'tongues'...
Doug Curlee February 13, 2013 at 09:37 PM
bridget.. he's not interested..and if he were, he wouldn't begin to understand it.. doug
Kevin George February 13, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Libi, are you insane or just obtuse? I realize you can't pass up a chance to criticize me, but did you read BBs misspelling of the word tenet? Or maybe you were just too quick to jump on a chance to criticize. Don't worry I can take it, just make sure it's warranted. Geeeez.
Libi Uremovic February 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM
i wasn't criticizing you kevin... i thought you were making a joke... italy solved a lot of their financial problems by making the vatican pay their share of taxes....we need to do the same in this country...especially in the state of cali because this is prime real estate.... and if religion doesn't want to pay their fair share of taxes they are free to leave the state ... cali wins either way...
Michael Ecklund February 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM
@Curlee & Burns.....Nothing in the Bible about lent.only thing is in 2nd Samuel 13: 19 Mourning in ashes. When Christ went to the cross he paid for everything you could ever do in your life that is wrong. Catholics like to keep putting Christ on the cross over and over. Christmas trees and all that are about as pagan as you get get also. Douglas don't tell me I won't understand as its you that goes out on the limb.
Michael Ecklund February 14, 2013 at 02:21 AM
K.G. I know you think your cool, but get yourself a King James Bible and do a little what we call study.
Michael Ecklund February 14, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Things I learned.............you got it.
Robert Paulson February 14, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Ecklund -The rantings of ignorant religious fanatics are much more offensive than anything I could say.
Things I Learned February 14, 2013 at 05:02 AM
Don't sell yourself short. ;-)
Robert Paulson February 14, 2013 at 06:10 AM
Ecklund - The fir tree plays an important role in the origins of Christianity. The diversity of tree ornaments we see today have evolved from hand blown and molded red glass balls, often covered with specks of white, made in Germany about two hundred years ago. These red glass balls evolved from the use of Amanita Muscaria to decorate the the fir trees. A. Muscaria played a very important role in the origins of Christianity and there is a very strong argument to be made based on translations of the Dead Sea Scrolls that the word "Jesus" was actually a code word for the A. Muscaria mushroom and that early Christians were members of a mushroom cult that also used other mind altering, psychotropic substances, you know, the things you call durgs (sic). CONTINUED BELOW
Robert Paulson February 14, 2013 at 06:16 AM
CONTINUED FROM ABOVE If you wish to discuss Christianity, I am well prepared. I've been studying the World's religions, with a special area of study on the origins of Christianity, for over five decades. This is the primary reason I am convinced that, not only was there never a human being that was known as Jesus Christ, the person who was baptized by "John" (actually the one we now known as Mark) was baptized in ca. 200 BCE and his identity and any information about his life are completely non existant today and lost to history. All of the tenets of modern Christianity have as their origins, Pagan religions, gods, beliefs, feasts and festivals, preceding the birth of Christianity, for thousands of years. When I say ALL, I mean ALL. There is absolutely NOTHING that is original or new in Christianity.
Robert Paulson February 14, 2013 at 06:22 AM
The ideal thing to give up for lent is; giving up something for lent.
Robert Paulson February 14, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Ecklund - "When Christ went to the cross he paid for everything you could ever do in your life that is wrong." I guess that covers my blasphemy.
Robert Paulson February 14, 2013 at 06:31 AM
Ecklund - Get out your King James version of the Bible and read the occult fantasy.
Michael Ecklund February 14, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Paulson...Careful now..blasphemy is one sin that the Lord will not forgive. Instead of letting this demon of non=understanding have dominion over you, why don't you try asking the Holy Spirit to guide you. Other then that I can't do anything for you. God Bless.
Robert Paulson February 14, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Ecklund - You must be joking. Are you practicing your stand up routine?
Michael Ecklund February 14, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Paulson.....I would never joke about the wonderful works of the Lord.
Robert Paulson February 17, 2013 at 06:53 AM
Ecklund, name one wonderful work that you can attribute to the Lord.
Things I Learned February 17, 2013 at 02:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWvgv9rzObs
Robert Paulson February 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Here's the real reason the Pope pulled a Sarah Palin. http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/02/pope-benedict-resigned-to-avoid-arrest-2567224.html
Michael Ecklund February 18, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Paulson.................One thing you forgot if you think all your sins are covered. YOU NEED TO TAKE THE GIFT OF PARDON................OTHERWISE IT'S NIL AND VOID FOR YOU.
Michael Ecklund February 18, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Paulson "one wonderful work the Lord has done" YOU !
Robert Paulson February 18, 2013 at 07:48 AM
TIL, I knew Raquel back in the late 50's and early 60's. Raquel Tejada, we were good friends, saw her every day. She lived across the street from me. I also worked at the SD County Fair every summer and she was Fairest of the Fair, I think in '58 or '59. Haven't seen her since 1968.
Things I Learned February 18, 2013 at 04:20 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKbpH9a2ClI ;-)

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